Our next meeting will be 6.00-8.00pm on Monday 22nd June. Like lots of others we have taken our meetings online for the time being and we had our first Zoom videoconference meeting in March. We couldn’t share home-baked treats and a cuppa like we usually do, but we saw each others’ faces and we had a great meeting.
We love visitors and new members so if you’d like to see what we do, send us an email and we’ll dial you in.
Our meeting times are usually Mondays 6.00-8.00pm.
When we are over this pandemic and back to face to face meetings, we will be meeting at the Collingwood Library in winter and at the Farmhouse at the Collingwood Children’s Farm. The dates will be posted here.
If you’re a member, the agenda and minutes will be on the Members’ page. If you’re not a member yet, please come along and say hello. You’d be very welcome. If you’d like more info about the branch, check out what we’ve been up to on our Events page or send us an email to CollingwoodCWA@gmail.com.
Thank you for the work of the State Control Centre managing emergencies over this summer
It was our pleasure to make morning tea on Friday 14 February for the good people of the State Control Centre. Based in East Melbourne just up the road from where we meet, the State Control Centre is the hub of a network of incident control centres across the state.
As our fellow branches throughout Victoria have supported the efforts of their local emergency responders, we thought it appropriate to recognise the work of those based in our neighbourhood who worked so hard to support and coordinate action right across the state.
It was wonderful to meet with staff from many state services, and it was fascinating to tour the Control Centre with the Emergency Management Commissioner, Andrew Crisp.
Thank you for the work you do all year, but particularly we thank you for the huge effort over this disastrous summer. And we know it’s not over yet.
Melbourne’s foodbowl can’t be taken for granted
Rachel Carey from Melbourne University was a special guest at our meeting on the 29th July. She talked with us about the crisis facing our foodbowls and what must be done to protect agricultural land as it comes under increasing pressures.
We had a great turnout, including members from our sister CWA branches and our neighbourhood. Over tea and home-baked goodies, Rachel talked to us about the importance of Victorian farms in supplying food to all of us in cities and regional areas, and the alarming risks that are emerging to farm livelihoods and our local fresh food supply. Rachel is one of the authors of a new report that outlines a vision and roadmap for preserving Melbourne’s foodbowl for current and future generations as a fundamental building block in a healthy, resilient, sustainable and fair food system.
This roadmap was developed through a collaborative process involving a wide range of stakeholders. Five key areas of policy action underpin a resilient and sustainable city foodbowl – farmland protection, farm viability, water access, nutrient recycling and sustainable farming.
We will be doing more work to highlight this important issue across the CWA of Victoria and the wider community. Please email us if you would like to get involved.
Collingwood Food Swap will be back in 2020
Got more veggies, fruit or herbs than you can eat? Come and meet your neighbours and swap your surplus on Saturday morning. Check back here for the 2020 dates….
Collingwood CWA is a wholehearted supporter of the Uluru Statement From the Heart.
We believe it is a powerful and moving Statement and should be read by as many Australians as possible. We support the campaign for a First Nations Voice: Put it to the People.
A free heart-shaped shortbread with each copy…
See more pics of our info stall at Collingwood Children’s Farm in our photo gallery. We had a couple of special visitors…
Read more about what we’ve been up to and what we’ve got planned on our Events page.